Marine Scotland

  • Researching Blue Carbon – meet Connie Nutbrown

    3rd April 2019 by

    Blue carbon

    Last December, we told you about a new Scottish Government funded research programme into Blue Carbon which started in early 2017 as part of a commitment in the 2017-2018 Programme for Government. The current focus of the programme revolves around measuring the ability of various habitats to sequester carbon, understanding how it is stored for...

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  • Egg-cellent Sampling with Altaire

    2nd April 2019 by

    MFV Altaire during survey 0118H May 2018_6

    MFV Altaire (LK429) Programme Survey: 0119H Duration: 19 March – 1 April 2019 Fishing/Sampling Gear: Vessel’s own pelagic trawl Gulf VII plankton sampler with mounted seabird 19+ CTD (Conductivity Temperature Depth) unit. Objectives: Carry out mackerel egg survey (ICES Triennial Survey), on the western shelf and shelf edge in the area from 53oN to 59o...

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  • Researching Blue Carbon – meet Dani Whitlock

    27th March 2019 by

    Blue carbon

    Last December, we told you about a new Scottish Government funded research programme into Blue Carbon which started in early 2017 as part of a commitment in the 2017-2018 Programme for Government. The current focus of the programme revolves around measuring the ability of various habitats to sequester carbon, understanding how it is stored for...

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  • Joint Warrior Training Activity: 30 March to 11 April 2019

    26th March 2019 by

    Joint Warrior training exercise 2019

    The bi-annual Joint Warrior exercise, organised by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), will be taking place in Scottish waters from 30 March to 11 April 2019. Joint Warrior is part of a major programme of exercises involving: land forces, warships, submarines and aircraft from NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation) partners in UK waters. These exercises...

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  • Connecting Seas on Valentine’s Day!

    11th March 2019 by

    Marine Scotland has been involved in a number of marine planning projects throughout Europe.  The INTERREG NorthSEE Project is one of those projects (along with MUSES, that we blogged about last week) and recently, they held their final “Connecting Seas” conference, to mark the end of the project. The conference was jointly organised with the...

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  • MUSES Update

    8th March 2019 by

    After 2 years, the Horizon 2020 funded, Multi-use in European Seas (MUSES) project has come to an end. The project, which began on 1st November 2016 and ran until 31st October 2018, investigated marine Multi-use (MU) in the 5 European sea basins (Baltic Sea, North Sea, Black Sea, Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic). The aim of...

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  • Work Placements at the Marine Laboratory

    6th March 2019 by

    Marine Laboratory

    Marine Scotland regularly host work experience placements for pupils from across Scotland. In February, two pupils from two schools in Aberdeenshire spent time learning about some of the work in the laboratory. They got to meet with Marine Scotland staff working in teams from the: Fish Health Inspectorate, Engineering, Fisheries,  Renewables, Zooplankton, Disease Diagnostics, Genetics,...

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  • The Wider Picture – OCSAM Goes Stateside!

    27th February 2019 by

    The UN Building in New York

    Dr Colin Moffat, Chief Scientific Officer Marine (OCSAM), recently visited the United Nations in New York. Here he talks about what he was doing there: “There is little doubt about the criticality of sound evidence to ensure that our decisions are appropriate.  In Scotland we have a reasonable volume of data and information for some...

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  • Surveying in Subarea 6a

    25th February 2019 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    Survey: MRV Scotia Programme 0319S Duration: 17 February – 11 March 2019 Fishing Gear: GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT 137) fitted with ground gear D. Plankton Sampling Gear: Gulf 7, icthyoplankton Sampler Hydrographic Gear: Seabird 19+ CTD (Conductivity, Temperature and Depth) Objectives: Demersal trawling survey (SCOWCGFS-Q1) off the grounds of the north and west...

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  • Sampling Herring Larvae in the Dark

    31st January 2019 by

    Scotia in Scapa Flow by Michael Stewart

    MRV Scotia Survey: 0219S Programme Duration: 24 January – 13 February 2019 Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear A & B; MIK Net (Round Frame with IK depressor); and MIKeyM net (attached onto the MIK net on selected stations). Objective: Complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in...

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